Friday, May 31, 2013

You Want Fries with That?: A White-Collar Burnout Experiences Life at Minimum Wage by Prioleau Alexander

This is the last book I read for May, and for once I'm finishing my reviews before the new month starts. Since blogging is the closest thing I have to a job anymore, maybe the work ethic of these writers (well, most of them) is rubbing off on me.

In You Want Fries with That?, Alexander abandons an unsatisfying advertising career and decides to explore the minimum wage world (it helps that his wife works). He delivers pizzas, serves up ice cream, labors at a construction site, and of course takes orders at a fast food restaurant. His descriptions are vivid, informative, and often funny. I like how he writes about his coworkers without looking down on them as Caitlin Kelly did (I guess that book really stuck in my craw), and I like that he sticks around longer at each job than Daniel Seddiqui. He doesn't get into the economics of surviving on minimum wage, aside from explaining how delivering pizzas is a losing game. He sticks to describing the work itself. It's one of the best books I read all month.

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